After my scrapbooking stint last week, I decided to do something very different with my crafty time this week. I used this tutorial from Small Fry & Co. She uses a single placemat to create an adorable little purse. Thank you to my friend Kayla for sending this along to me! Here's my take using a placemat I purchased at Target for $3.99. I picked up the beaded handles on clearance for under $3. The most expensive thing on this little bag is the magnetic clasp that holds it closed. I will admit that hand sewing is not really my thing (maybe it could be, but it's not right now). I did have to hand-sew the clasp and the handles about half a dozen times before getting them right. Practice makes perfect (or in my case something I wouldn't be embarrased to carry around!). I actually think the finished project is adorable, and if you can sew you've got to try this out.
Note: I just found out Small Fry is doing a giveaway through April 2nd, so be sure to run over and enter to win two beautiful fabric baskets . See her March 26th post.